Friday, December 11, 2015

CDP's Arab Caucus Condemns Comments Made by Rep. Sanchez Regarding Muslim Americans

The Arab American Caucus of the California Democratic Party in a statement condemned the disturbing comments and inaccurate image portrayed by Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez regarding Muslim Americans where they comprise a large constituency in her congressional district.

Time and again, Muslim and Arab Americans have had to defend themselves from Islamophobic comments made by the likes of Donald Trump, Ben Carson and many, many more. “We are appalled to have to stand up against the recent comments of fellow Democratic leader, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, that paint our community in a negative light,” said Iyad Afalqa, the Southern California Vice Chair of the Caucus.

“We strongly reject the generalizations made by Ms. Sanchez - especially given the current national climate - and encourage her to remember the positive contributions Muslim Americans have made to this nation and her own congressional district.”

The Arab American Caucus is an Official Caucus of the California Democratic Party (CDP). The Arab American Caucus of the California Democratic Party was established in 1991, to unite and provide representation for Arab Americans within the California Democratic Party structure. The Caucus promotes the welfare of Arab Americans through effective legislation and by encouraging Arab Americans to fully participate as Democrats at all levels of policy making and public service.

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